The Gatlinburg Space Needle is one of the premier attractions in Gatlinburg. It is also a part of the Gatlinburg skyline and something that people look for in this busy little mountain town. The Space Needle has become a landmark but it has also become its own destination with plenty of attractions to offer visitors. The Space Needle is a perfect stop on your trip to Gatlinburg.
In 1970, The Gatlinburg Space Needle became the second highest tower in Tennessee, and though the tower has slipped to the 5th tallest, it is still bringing in lots of visitors each season. Since 1970, the Space Needle has become more than part of the scenery. It has become a landmark and people use it to place other businesses in town. If you are looking for Bubba Gump’s, people are going to tell you to head toward the Space Needle. Plus, people use it to point people to the center of town. Add to that the fact that people hover around the Space Needle at the end of each year for the New Years Eve ball drop and the fireworks and you will recognize that the Space Needle is engrained into the mind set of visitors and locals alike.
One of the best things about the Space Needle is the view. Once you have gone to the top of this 407’ tower, you have a 36 degree view of the surrounding area, including Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ride to the top is accomplished in a glassed-in elevator so even the ride up is nice and scenic. While you’re at the top of the tower, make sure to work that camera so that you can impress your family and friends back home with the spectacular view behind you.
While you are at the Space Needle, take in some of the other attractions around town as well. Play Lazer Tag in the arcade (named Arcadia) with the whole family. You can also learn more about Gatlinburg and the mountains that surround it while you ride in the elevator in their newest attraction called Higher Learning. This system teaches you about the Smokies and Gatlinburg through a multimedia experience. The good folks at the Space Needle also offer live entertainment in the form of a hypnotism show starring John Dee. This show is full of comedy and hypnotism and plenty of family fun.
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a tradition in the Smokies. Not only is it a part of the skyline of the Gatlinburg, you are also going to be involved in a lot of extra attractions that they have in their venue. Ride to the top of the elevator, view the town, take some pictures but make sure that you don’t leave without a trip to the arcade or taking in one of the shows. The Space Needle is a stop that you have to make at least once when visit Gatlinburg in the Smokies.
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